Police investigate major crash in SS

Updated 1pm Saturday: Royal Cayman Islands Police have arrested the driver of one of the vehicles involved in Saturday morning’s accident on suspicion of causing death by careless driving.

According to an RCIPS press release: “A Ford Taurus motor car [was] driven by an unaccompanied 21-year-old male [identified as Zak Quappe] and a Mitsubishi Lancer motor car was driven by a 23-year-old male accompanied by a 20-year-old female passenger.
“Both vehicles were travelling on South Church Street towards South Sound direction apparently at a high rate of speed. The drivers were in the process of negotiating a left bend corner in the vicinity of the Sand Cay condominiums when they both lost control of their vehicles and ran off on the right side of the road.
“The Mitsubishi collided with a rock wall by Sand Cay condominiums and a parked unattended Honda CRV, which was parked in Sand Cay front parking lot. The Ford Taurus continued about 200 yards up the road and collided with a concrete column.
“The driver of the Ford Taurus [Mr. Quappe] was transported to the GT Hospital, and he was pronounced dead at about 5:10 AM [Saturday].
“The driver and passenger of the Mitsubishi were also transported to the GT Hospital. The driver was treated for minor injuries to his right shoulder, and the female passenger was treated for injuries to her knee.”

Updated 11.30am Saturday: Residents at Sand Cay who spoke to the Caymanian Compass said an SUV parked in the lot of the complex was struck by one of the vehicles involved in Saturday’s early morning accident.  

The SUV was unoccupied when it was hit just after 3am Saturday. Residents said it appeared the two other vehicles involved in the crash were headed south on South Church Street at a high rate of speed.  

At least two cars were involved in a fatal accident on South Church Street just north of the South Sound Community Centre early Saturday.

Police were still on scene at dawn Saturday morning investigating the collision. Two damaged vehicles were in the bushes near the Sand Cay condominiums and another vehicle was located on the road a few hundred feet south of the other two.

It was not immediately clear what had occurred, but the Caymanian Compass was able to confirm one person involved in the crash had died while another was injured and in hospital. 

The dead man was identified as Zak Quappe, 21, the son of local musicians Barrie and Chuck Quappe.

Mr. and Mrs. Quappe were out of town when the accident happened. They were playing a show in Jacksonville, Florida with another Caymanian musician, George ‘Barefoot Man’ Nowak.

Reached by phone in Florida, Mr. Nowak confirmed that the Quappes had been informed about the accident and were headed to the Tampa airport to return to Cayman.

“He’s a great kid, I’ve known him since he was a baby,” Mr. Nowak said of Zak Quappe. 

More details about the incident will be reported when they are available on www.caycompass.com.



  1. I am absolutely heartbroken to hear of this tragedy. Zak was an amazing young man and a very skilled pilot. Everyone who knew Zak loved him; he was intelligent, had a fantastic sense of humor and would help anyone who needed it. We have lost a young man who had so much potential. My sincere condolences to Barrie Chuck Quappe.

  2. Of course this is a terrible occurrence. But why on earth is a skilled pilot driving a motorcar in such a way as to cause/be involved in such an appalling accident? And how fortunate that no other cars/drivers/pedestrians were not in the vicinity.
    I hope there will be a full and fair and reported investigation of this matter.
    My sincere condolences to Barrie and Chuck.

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